We’ve discussed so many things about preparing for international travel that I’m sure you’re wondering what more could I have to say. There are so many things to do before you leave your house for any extended period of time, but it’s even more important when you won’t be in country to solve any issues. I look forward to sharing with you today’s set of tips for preparing for your international travel!
- Pay any bills that will come due while you’re gone
You may or may not be able to access the internet while you’re away so it’s best to be proactive about these things. For us, we had to pay our cellphone bill and our electric and gas bill. These are important things that you don’t want to be missing when you come home after all. Plus, you’ll feel better without it hanging over your head.
- Mail out anything you have for special events that will occur while you’re gone.
My nana’s birthday is October 17th. We won’t be in country. This means that I have to mail her gift and card before we leave. She may get it early, but it’s better for her to get it early than it would be for her to get it late. You have to be proactive about things that are important to you.
- Balance your checkbook
You want to know exactly how much money you have to spend on your trip. This means you’ll have to have your finances in order. Don’t forget to account for things that haven’t cleared yet. I know most of us don’t write that many checks anymore, but I think it’s still very important to balance the checkbook and not just trust your bank.
- Alert your credit cards that you will be out of the country.
You do NOT want to get stuck without a credit card to use. You can easily call the credit card and set up an out-of-town or out of country on it so that you won’t be caught in an embarrassing situation. Of course this isn’t always 100%, but it’s better to have been prepared ahead of time to try and keep this from happening, because you’ll be more likely to have access to the money you need.
- Get all your affairs in order
None of us like to think about the fact we could meet our demise, but it’s always possible. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. You won’t people to know what your wishes are should anything happen to you. My mom used to always tell me where to find her will, and I thought it was so morbid, but I get why now. You just want to make sure that no one is left confused. I’ve seen families literally torn apart over a will, but it’s better than what could happen if one didn’t exist.